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Wisdom of the heart cannot be acquired by knowledge, talent, or skill alone. It comes to us when we accept the mystery of God and gradually let ourselves be imbued by his justice. Without the wisdom that teaches us to distinguish good from evil, we are nothing. It is that which leads to holiness and justice, because it allows us to go beyond appearances and to perceive the deepest meaning of life, John Paul II explained at the general audience on January 29, 2003. Asking God for the gift of wisdom to discern good from evil, as Solomon does in the Bible, is the essential key to enlightening our hearts and minds.

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